PULSE FESTIVAL: Preparing For Launch!
Why is May 29th such a special day?
Because it is the 149th day of the year? Because Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay made it to the top of Everest on this day, or because it was the day when Coca-Cola placed their first ever advert in The Atlanta Journal? Because it was the day Bing Crosby recorded "White Christmas" and the day on which Charles II was restored to the throne - on his birthday no less? Because it is also the birthday of G K Chesterton, John F Kennedy, Noel Gallagher and Mel B?
May 29th is such a special day because it's the day that PULSE Festival Ipswich launches at New Wolsey Theatre.
China Plate are absolutely delighted to be back as Festival Directors and overwrought with excitement about this year's programme. To pull out highlights is very hard but the festival gets of to an absolutely flying start with Bryony Kimmings' totally awesome Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model and the funny, heart-warming and utterly charming Love Project from award winning Every Day. And then there is no let up for 10 days of bright, bold, and bloody brilliant performance.
As well as finished work there is Scratch Day (31/5): 9 companies who want to share work in progress with you and find out what you think - ending with this year's Spring Festival Commission from Search Party and last year's finished Commission from Made In China. Suitcase Day (30/5) will again offer a work in progress platform to around a dozen companies who have taken up our environmental challenge to make work you can tour on public transport.
There's Family Day on Sunday 1st June, a brand new night of dance hosted and programmed by Dance East (2/6) and then shows and free live music every night all week. We close the festival on 7th June with the hilarious New Art Club (check out those gold lamé dance pants) and the gruesome musical extravaganza that is Gabblebabble's The Bloody Ballad - think blood and banjos!
We're also playing host to the world's tallest parrot (and the worlds shortest pirate), a man who will mesmerise you by balancing rocks (yep, you heard right), a life drawing class with a difference and the brilliant New Wolsey Young Associates - who went on from Pulse last year to win a stack or ace reviews award nominations up in Edinburgh. What's not to like? Seriously!
Take a look at the programme - there really is something for everyone and get on down to be a part of it all.
We can't wait to see you there...
Paul, Ed and Iain (China Plate)
PULSE Festival 2014 runs at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich from Thursday 29 May to Saturday 7 June 2014. For information and tickets visit www.pulseipswich.co.uk